The Wikipedia Library is an open research hub, a place for active Wikipedia editors to gain access to the vital reliable sources that they need to do their work and to be supported in using those resources to improve the encyclopedia. We aim to make access and use of sources free, easy, collaborative and efficient.
Our motivation is addressing the biggest challenges facing information professionals today: discovery and access. For libraries and publishers, the challenge today is having their resources found and used when many students and the public start their research on Wikipedia. This puts us in a unique position where collaboration just makes sense. There's a saying in the reference world that discovery happens elsewhere. What is less often specified is that, these days, elsewhere is Wikipedia.
For our readers who often do not have free, direct, or easy access to major paywalled journals or niche archives, Wikipedia has become a ubiquitous gateway for access. Not all information is free, but most information can (and hopefully will soon be) at least summarized and cited on Wikipedia. For libraries and publishers, Wikipedia’s wealth of eyeballs means that it is an unparalleled opportunity for exposure and dissemination of content.
The question we then ask is how to get the highest quality information on Wikipedia and to get our readers to dig deeply into it. After all, our goal is to make Wikipedia not an end point for research but a starting point for deeper learning.
We want Wikipedia to be a major component of a circle of research and dissemination: where librarians, academics, and publishers contribute their sources and expertise—and where Wikipedia leads its massive 500 million monthly readership back to information professionals, scholarly resources, and full texts.
The Wikipedia Library supports editors to find existing sources that are accessible already, while arranging partnerships which provide access to paywalled sources. Here's how we do this:
Donation of accounts by individual publishers. We approach research databases and simply ask for donation. We have free accounts from over 60 partners including HighBeam, EBSCO, Elsevier, JSTOR, and Cochrane, among others. This provides direct access, which would individually cost millions of dollars.
Wikipedia Visiting Scholars. Suggested by Peter Suber at the Harvard Open Access project, we will approach university libraries or academic units within institutions and invite them to designate select Wikipedia editors as remote, unpaid visiting scholars, research affiliates or fellows with full library access. This builds our relationships with university libraries in lightweight ways. Why shouldn't every university library in the world have one Wikipedia visiting scholar on staff?
University partnerships. We'll target whole institutions and connect The Wikipedia Library with their library resources directly; for example we explored partnering with MIT. This is a way to scale source access, although it is more challenging technically and legally.
Library catalogue integration. Connecting to the multitude of existing source indexes and databases streamlines the research process for editors. We're exploring a partnership with OCLC, the world's largest library cooperative, to facilitate easier searching for and access to both open and closed access books, journals, and digital collections.
Leverage our Wikipedia researchers. Through the Reference Desk, Resource Exchange, and Wikiproject Libraries, we have an army of talented information specialists. Let's connect with and support those research experts to use their skills for the benefit of the community by piloting a Research desk, Query service or Enquiry workflow. Why shouldn't every library professional spend one hour per week helping Wikipedia editors expand the encyclopedia through better research?
Make open access obvious. Piloting programs that signal when sources are freely accessible, and streamline pathways to collections of open repositories and publications encourages the cycle of open access.
Connect with Libraries: Through programs like Wikipedia Loves Libraries and other GLAM initiatives, let's help institutions put on events and editathons that connect editors to institutions, their staff, and their collections.
You're invited to join in this open project! Help Wikipedians collaborate and do amazing research. There are numerous ways to get involved--project management, institutional outreach, research assistance, community organizing, library help, technology and tool-building, graphic design--we'll find a path that best uses your strengths. Get involved.
Jake Orlowitz (Ocaasi)
I started working on library outreach in 2011 when I contacted HighBeam Reference for an account. They said, "How about 1000?" I was hooked. I started managing and expanding research account donations. To combine and extend our many library-related projects into a shared, helpful, and powerful universe of resources, I started The Wikipedia Library in 2012 and have continued to work on it through a WMF Individual Engagement grant in 2013. I'm a passionate believer in free culture and open knowledge--and a cheerleader for universal access, scientific and cultural literacy, and all kinds of research.
skills: I'm a connector and organizer. My strength is in finding ways to unite people to share their talents with the community. I'd like to help coordinate our community of passionate library and research experts to build a powerful, open, and free hub for conducting the vital work they do, and helping others join in, too.
Been hanging around libraries and researching all my life. Increased access to the vast quantity of material behind online paywalls for our contributors who do not live near a major library will improve the quality and accuracy of Wikipedia, and Wikinfo.
I'm a web developer at PubMed Central, and a big Wikipedia fan. Anything that can help reduce the friction of getting reliable sources into the hands of competent editors is big win for everybody.
skills: Web development, scripts, formats, standards, linked data
I'm very interested in the public library connection to Wikipedia and the sister projects. The role of the public library space is changing, and with it the role of the public librarian. I see my contributions as twofold: educating public librarians about the depth/breadth of Wikipedia (more than just article writing), and helping public library institutions develop programs where they, Wikipedia and the library patron intersect. I envision a day soon when every person considers themselves a librarian, library patron and Wikipedian.
I've been involved with a GLAM project and from that learned about the power of Wikipedians to get things done! I loved the collaborative/community experience with contributors of all skill sets and backgrounds. I believe that information wants to be free, and that openable content should be open
skills: I'm a community builder, and have lots of time in as a project manager. I'm involved with the Program Evaluation folks here, in part because the US presence is currently soft. I'm also on mission (crusade?) to educate public librarians in my semi-rural mid-Western area about Wikipedia/sister projects, and have developed teaching tools for that.
I've worked in a variety of academic, special, and state library organizations since 2001 usually in positions that have blended technology administration with the more perennial library skill sets including reference, cataloging &c. over the last couple of years, I've become more and more interested in open education resources, including MOOCs, wikipedia, OA publishing.
skills: I'd like to work on continuing to promote wikipedia within the research/info lit sphere, particularly projects that connect wikipedia to local library collections, collaborative or blast editing as a research or specialist exercise
I am a post-doctoral researcher in English Literature and the medical humanities, so I am a long-time library user. I'm also a significant advocate of open access education and open knowledge platforms like Wikipedia. I'm currently working at the National Library of Scotland as the Wikimedian-in-Residence.
skills: As the Wikimedian-in-Residence at the NLS, I'm trying to create and strengthen connections between Wikipedians and Librarians, Curators, and Cataloguers in the Library; this includes organising public events and internal workshops to introduce NLS staff to the Wikipedia community and to unite those with extensive access to and knowledge of the Library's collections with those who are actively improving Wikipedia's knowledge base. However, as a researcher myself, I am also hoping to promote Wikipedia amongst academic colleagues as well and to encourage more academics to contribute to Wikipedia.
Wikipedia is the world's most consulted source of health information and I want every health article to be perfect. The availability of good health information helps people make better health decisions, and better health decisions result in better health for everyone. To make Wikipedia's health content better I want everyone to have access to all the research resources they need to collaboratively and continually develop it.
I'm a student. But I don't want to learn only what's in my syllabus. I want to learn more about the world. Which means I want to learn what I can learn beside my syllabus. So this is why I want to work with libraries which will help me to learn.
I probably got radicalized on the topic of open knowledge starting in 2004, when I began two years as the Council on Library and Information Resources Postdoctoral Fellow at NCSU Libraries. Although I had just earned a PhD in English literature, I hadn't fully realized just how expensive library resources were becoming in the digital age, and how foolish it was in an age of instant individual publishing to the web. Right now I am Research Assistant Professor and THATCamp Coordinator at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, helping scholars worldwide organize their own version of The Humanities and Technology Camp, “an inexpensive, open meeting where humanists and technologists of all skill levels learn and build together in sessions proposed on the spot.” Before that, I was an Assistant Research Scholar in the Archives and Public History program at New York University, where I helped develop a model curriculum emphasizing digital skills, and where I developed and taught the graduate course “Creating Digital History.” My research interests center on the history of poetic form, specifically the villanelle.
skills: Connecting Wikipedians with universities and university libraries, encouraging editathons at THATCamps, maybe doing more Wikipedia editing than I've gotten around to.
Martin of Sheffield
I've been a bit of a bibliophile from childhood. I worked for a year and a half in a county central library (in the 1970s), and often took my breaks up in the reserve stock finding all sorts of hidden gems. I now work in the computer industry, but have retained my bookish interests. We have an estimated 5,000 volumes at home (non-fiction) and I'm slowly working through cataloguing them using Dewey abridged. Most of my Wiki editing is around Kent (UK) or the Northeast of England.
skills: Mainly I've been involved with content, but as a programmer I may become more interested in templates and the like.
I'm work for OCLC, a non profit that is committed to helping libraries effectively share resources, collaborate, and cut costs. I work in OCLC Research and have had the priviledge of working with our Wikipedian in Residence. I've worked in libraries since 1988 and I'm passionate about making our fabulous library resources more available to the public. On the Wikipedia side, I've had an account since 2005; while I'm not a super active editor, I do what I can. I'm an active member of the GLAM-US Consortium Advisory Group.
skills: I love to talk to librarians and archivists about how to leverage Wikipedia. I've been talking to librarians about their interest in this project. If you would like to talk to me, consider me your friendly library colleague!
I am a librarian in the public system in Vancouver, Canada. I have been editing Wikipedia since late 2008. My desire is for Wikipedia to be not only the world's largest free repository of knowledge, but a reliable source of information as well. Libraries provide the raw materials to build reliable articles. I'd like to be part of the process of bringing libraries and Wikipedia editors together.
skills: Community organizing, outreach to libraries, experience with library cataloguing, metadata, knowledge of databases and bibliographic resources
I'm a self improvement and professional development specialist, exploring how to quantify personal learning environments and advocate for the adoption of emergent technologies for professional development within organizations.
skills: I have passion for connecting people to innovative learning solutions that are cost effective and relevant, active in Academic Institutional outreach activities with strong online research skills.
Longtime military researcher and voyager to far-flung countries, now with a PhD. Have had field time in the DR Congo, Sierra Leone, and Timor Leste. Several published articles on modern militaries.
skills: As my edits will show, I do a lot on military units and formations, and things like the Military of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Be very interested in sharing knowledge of countries that En-Wiki is not very strong on, especially in Africa.
I graduated with a Juris Doctor with a certificate in international law. I was awarded an Admissions Scholarship Award, the Gillis Long Public Service Award, and my law school's Skills Curriculum Award. I earned a Master of Laws degree in Taxation. From 2001 to 2003, I was a Presidential Management Fellow. I am an attorney, who is admitted to practice in District of Columbia, Louisiana (currently inactive), U.S. Tax Court, and the U.S. Court of International Trade. The New York Times interviewed me because of my Wikipedia articles on North Korea and on feminism.
I'm a librarian who works with data, and my interests as an aspiring Wikipedian are intertwined with my professional identity as a librarian. In general, I believe that contributing to Wikipedia can help librarians, archivists, and curators reframe their professional relevance in new ways. What interests me the most is the potential for translating between the data formats used by libraries and archives and those used by the Wikipedia community. Recently, I've been involved in working on a tool called the Remixing Archival Metadata Project (RAMP) editor that tries to do some of that cross-community conversion.
skills: Familiarity with a variety of metadata formats and an eye for structured data. Academic background in Latin American and Caribbean studies (emphasis on Brazil) and English literature. Good at copyediting and happy to be a WikiGnome.
Project management (25 years experience), researcher
I have been a consultant and project manager for more than 25 years, particularly around people and IT process solutions - and my strengths are seeing the big picture and being dogged in working out details. I particularly like research - and doing what I can to review and update articles. One editor that I worked with on a series of articles called me a "forensic editor" for my efforts to validate sources, source information, context, application of WP guidelines, etc. in article review. I particularly like historic, visual arts, biographies, and humanities article types. So far, I have created several hundred articles and worked/edited more than 7,000 articles with 312,222 edits.
skills: research, project management, source information validation or acquisition, and copy editing
I have been active with Wikipedia since 2006 because Wikipedia is free for everyone to access. Every article that appears on the main page of Wikipedia is read by at least hundreds of readers and normally thousands. The average academic journal article is only read by between 3 and 4 people, mainly because journal subscriptions and journal database subscriptions are prohibitively expensive for the average global citizen. Humanity has amassed an overwhelming amount of knowledge, and the majority of that knowledge is out of the grasp of the average person because it is too expensive to access. As academics, we have spent an inordinate amount of time and energy producing novel treatises on novel concepts rather than disseminating the knowledge that we have already attained. Wikipedia allows us to give our knowledge to the world, instantly and free of charge.
skills: I am a Master of Library and Information Science student. My Wikipedia-related research is focused on human trafficking.
Hello, I'm an associate editor at the scientific journal PLOS Biology (Hashi Wijayatilake) and I'm seeking advice from the WikiProject Academic Journals group. Currently the wikipedia page for PLOS Biology is under populated and not very useful and also partly inaccurate. We'd be keen to see this updated so that it provides a useful description of the journal. Would members of this project be ok with me editing this information? I wanted to introduce myself first so there are no perceived conflicts of interest. Thanks for your help in advance
skills: I enjoy snooping around libraries on the hunt for sources and I like perusing through archives for historical documents. Google News, Google Scholar, Google Books, adn the Internet Wayback Machine are my bread and butter.
I've been editing wikipedia since 2010. I've created 100 articles and contributed to more than 700. I am a wikisloth in that I range freely and fearlessly -- and some would say haphazardly -- across the universe of knowledge, but most of my work relates to history or geography. I may be of limited utility to this project because I know practically nothing about computers and have only the most basic knowledge about how one edits wikipedia. Getting this blurb published here was a challenge for me! Moreover, to my eternal discredit, I have little interest in improving the sorry state of my technical ability.
I like to research and I like to write. I create content and I love obscure subjects which require a diligent search for scraps of information. Thus, I am interested in securing for myself and others the widest possible free access and open dissemination of information. I'd be happy to participate in any activity with that aim.
I am a researcher who likes to work in a variety of areas on Wikipedia. I joined The Wikipedia Library to return my appreciation for the access to sources which have helped improved articles in various subjects including my academic interests.
skills: Finding resources and assisting new editors
Gustavo Sandoval Kingwergs
Diffusion was a big interest for me during adolescence, when I first read several Mexican and international science diffusion journals. My first research jobs were during my courses to obtain the BSc in psychology (UNAM). My first awareness about digital libraries/information was during my translation courses at El Colegio de México. I started using Wikipedia during my daily job as a certified English-Spanish-English translator of official documents. I soon realized the importance of free knowledge for diffusion. Now I am vicepresident at Wikimedia México and am deeply interested in the mixture of all these ingredients, with the aim of diffusing free knowledge (about science, technology and, of course, about Mexican culture and history) for the general public.
skills: I'd love to contribute writing and doing research about sleep science (insomnia, sleep disorders), Mexican science/history/culture and the use of translation inside/outside Wikipedia to improve articles about any and all these issues.
I'm Richard Jensen, a retired history professor with an interest in a range of American & European history topics. I've organized day-long to month-long workshops for history teachers, grad students and professors, with emphasis on statistical methods and computers (we started with punch cards in 1968!) I directed 14 of these workshops at the Newberry Library in Chicago, and did others at 29 universities and 9 high schools.
skills: organize and teach workshops for Wiki editors with historical interests; introduce them to the historiography and journal resources; write grant proposals to foundations
I am currently pursuing my Masters in Information Management with a focus on Linked Data application development. I previously worked as a software developer. I've been a Wikipedia contributor since 2007, and focus on adding proper sources to articles. I have a passion for connecting researchers with data.
skills: I would like to apply my software development skills with my Wikipedia experience to help this project
I'm not sure when or how research became a habit, but that seems like the most accurate description. Often, this looks like a quick web search to find the date of an event or a brief peek at a dictionary to find the origin of a word. At other times it's a deep dive, following a string of citations or attempting to locate the intended source of a citation with a typo, because I want more details about a particular statement.
Undergraduate study in anthropology gave me a broad notion of what subjects are “within my field.” That interdisciplinary perspective continues to inform as I explore interests in areas as diverse as computing, healthcare, social sciences, and theology.
skills: Interdisciplinary research, XML technologies, Web development
I am the project manager for the Wikipedia Library, which means I help Jake build access to resources and expand programs within the Wikipedia Library. Before doing the work, I have been a long time Wikipedia contributor, with over 80,000 edits and tons of maintenance work and content creation on Wikipedia (if you want to see some of that work check out User:Sadads). However, my more important than my digital contributions to the community has been my outreach efforts: I was in the first batch of WP:Wikipedia Education Program volunteers, helped the UK community develop a similar program, and have actively supported GLAM outreach with a number of organizations, including most recently, The William Blake Archive. I am in the Wikipedia community to make academic work from students and researchers part of the "public" conversation. Mostly, I focus on the humanities (especially how the humanities interprets humanist information), because it is a sorely under-represented in Wikipedia.
skills: Outreach, selling Wikipedia to academics, Education planning, content development, and many other things.
I have been an editor for quite sometime now. I started using Wikipedia as a reader from around 2004. I started editing from March 17, 2006, when I was not even registered. I have just gained the reviewer access, and have been doing quite some work prior, and currently too in most of the wiki sites, mostly on WP and WB. I wish to use the database to confirm the edits and make a good use of the educational values provided. I have a scope on German, and wish to explore more, deliver more, and strengthen my viables. Hope, it betters me up. :)
skills: My strength lies with my ability and dedication. I have a "I do", rather than just "Can". I explore as much as I can, and I create a substantial work, and deliver with all my might. I would like to contribute towards expanding on India Project and as well as German book (also on WB).
I have been editing Wikipedia since January 2007. I am an administrator on EN:Wikipedia. I am a retired USAF counterintelligence and special investigative officer and currently a consultant in strategic planning. I have been working with the Wikipedia Education Program and Montana State University since 2010 to promote information fluency within the Montana State University Library. I am currently the Wikipedia Visiting Scholar at MSU working on Montana history, Yellowstone and angling topics.
skills: I enjoy mentoring students, reference librarians and archivists on the ways of Wikipedia in an effort to grow our encyclopedia's content and editor corps.
I had great passion of computer and internet from the beginning. I studied IT and became Web Designer and Developer. I too have interest around the around and photography fascinates me. Wikipedia provided me the perfect platform to implement all those skills and offer contribution to the world as well.
skills: Web Design, Programming, Photography, Writing, Editing. I would love to work in programming and design projects.
I've been editing English Wikipedia since 2005. I have a Masters in Library Science from the University in Washington in Seattle and I want to help people get access to good information here on Wikipedia. I currently serve on the Advisory Board of the Wikimedia Foundation and I work for the Internet Archive's Open Library project.
skills: I like taking big projects and cutting them up into manageable chunks and then just going through them. I know people who work for various electronic resource vendors. I know a large number of librarians. I'd like to be a welcoming presence here for people who aren't as wiki-savvy and help people who are Wikipedia-curious become enthusiastic about Wikipedia and the entire Wikimedia family.
I'm a knowledge addict. I have been my whole life. I feel a need to understand the world around me. I'm interested in almost everything. I missed my calling in life—I should have been a reference librarian.
People ask me all kinds of questions and I can almost always find the answer. Most of the work I do is in the science or history domains. I have an unhealthy obsession with wanting to "correct" all the false information I find on the Internet, especially on social media sites.
I love freely available information; I get frustrated when I can't access research, most often due to not having the financial resources or knowing the right people.
I've been all over North America, but have never been off the continent, except for Hawaii. Today, I'm living in Desert Hot Springs, California, United States. Tomorrow, who knows?
I am a rare materials cataloger for the Smithsonian Libraries, where I have worked for over 20 years. My particular interest is in GLAMWiki partnerships and projects. I am also a member of the board for my local Wikimedia DC chapter.
skills: I have basic Wiki editing skills and want to become more experienced in improving and creating articles and contributing to Wikimedia Commons. If you are interested in any GLAMWiki projects involving Smithsonian artifacts, collections or units, I would be happy to talk with you.
Jonatan Svensson Glad
I've beeen a member of this great community, Wiki[mp]edia for five, soon to be six, years now. In the begining it had nothing to do with open and free knowledge at all, but during my time on the different projects I started growning more and more to love the idea that knowlege should be widely availible to everyone. However it wan't until this last year when I finally took a stand. During this year I started a new school. This school has the best librarians you could imagine. We have spoken so much about education, information and different problems people are facing when it comes to just this, and verifiability of different websites. I even taught them the basics of Creative Commons. They told me a teacher was going to hold a WIkipedia Education Program with her Swedish class. I was super exited, and automatically became a campus ambassadeur. While being that I found myself interacting with Wikimedia Sverige (Sweden) a bit, and eventually I became a member. Since then I've rallies saupport for #saveFoP on Twitter, drinving in over 1 600 signatures to the change.org-petition to the petition, and I always try to license all my work under CC-BY-SA or less. I'm all for free knowledge, and hate when people can not get education, because it is too expensive.
skills: I love outreach, and contacting different people trying to relicense their works under a free license. I love wikignoming, trying to find a replacement for a dead link with another source adn possibly expand existing references with DOI's and PMID's. If you need any help, conact me and I'll see what I can do. ANd If I do not know how to help, I'll contact someone else for you. That's the kind of person I am.
I have been an active editor on English Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects for over two years.I wanted to do more on Wikipedia by helping build highly referenced articles from the Global South. I decided to lead the campaign to get more Libraries and Publishers to freely donate to the Library so that other editors can make use of these resources to improve content from the Global South.
skills: I have some contacts with some GLAM networks in Ghana by virtue of the fact that I want to have a GLAM in Ghana. I wwill explore these networks to get these partnerships.
I am currently a graduate student at the University of South Florida studying Library and Information Science, but also am a social worker primarily working with families that are in crisis.
skills: I love to work on grammar, punctuation, citations. I also search out articles regarding public and academic libraries to ensure that information is accurate and that there is an extensive amount of information that would be relevant to the institution.
Robert P. Collins
skills: archival research, excellent writing and editing, clear explanations, public speaking/lecturing, speech writing, guiding group discussions, mediating conflicts, interviews, a little coding, translating (esp. DE->EN). I'd like to work on improving Wikipedia's coverage of historical topics and promote the use of Wikipedia as a tool to demonstrate and practice applied historical reasoning — a basic intellectual skill. History will always demand a sophisticated yet not strictly scientific approach to evidence, as historical evidence is unavoidably subjective and incomplete. Historical reasoning is far more difficult than storytelling and it does not come to us naturally. But it can be taught and learned, and it applies to every field of inquiry, every art and every science. Like learning a language, learning to reason about the past proceeds most successfully when the learner is both challenged and having fun. Wikipedians already how to challenge one another, but not always in the most effective or encouraging way. I don't have a magic cure for that, but I know we can do better.
I am a tech fanatic and a lover of free knowledge. I have always fronted activities that lead the youth to identify smart ways of acquiring knowledge and contributing to also pave the way for future generations. I am a banker by profession and undoubtedly enthused about my contributions towards free and accessible knowledge to all who require.
skills: I am a good speaker, have requisite knowledge in project management and like to mobilize the youth in volunteering their time on resourceful projects. I am pleased for this new role and hope to contribute to the growth of TWL.
I am the Deputy Chair of the user group Wikimedia Community Ireland and have a keen interest in increasing the coverage of Irish topics, and helping other Wikipedians find high quality sources in that area. I have worked in the National Museum of Ireland as a cataloguer, and I am currently in my final year of my PhD looking at Wikipedia as a form of citizen curation.
skills: At the moment I facilitate a lot of workshops and editathons within Ireland, but I would like to broaden the outreach that I do to encompass more digital resources. I have also taken part in organising Ireland's first two Wiki Loves Monuments competitions, I am a course coordinator on the Education Extension, and a survivor of #100wikidays!
I am a student and I have keen interest to share the information relating to my country Nepal on wikipedia so people around the world can get quick excess to it and I can bring my country much closer to the people worldwide than ever before.
skills: At the moment I am a student however I try to make improvements on different pages of Wikipedia so that people could get accurate knowledge which they desire.
I'm a librarian by training, software developer by practice. I believe libraries are about transforming lives through access to information, and I write code to make people's lives better.
skills: I'm the developer for the Wikipedia Library Card Platform, which will streamline the application process for access to paywalled resources, so that coordinators' jobs are easier, and editors can get on with the fun task of making the world more knowledgeable, rather than the boring one of filling out forms :) Thanks for all you do!
I'm a government Librarian and a previous member of the Open Rights Group (UK). I have a strong interest in OA publishing but don't get to exercise this much in my current role.
skills: Limited HTML abilities, excellent searching skills! I currently make a lot of use of OA materials in my work as we have limited access to subscription materials. I teach the use of Scholar and other free resources to students as well as how to evaluate resources.